Allergy season can be stressful business. Coping with watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or a sore throat can affect how you get through each day. 🤧
Not only can allergies cause stress, but stress can make allergies worse. If you're feeling stressed for any reason, you may find yourself dealing with worse allergy symptoms than usual.
The stress response is the body's way of keeping you safe. When the brain senses danger, it alerts the adrenal glands to release stress hormones. This causes your heart to pound, blood pressure to rise, and blood vessels to constrict to send more blood to your brain and muscles. Stress makes your breath quicken to get oxygen to your muscles, and sends fat and sugar into the bloodstream to boost your energy.
The stress response is helpful in the short term as it enables us to get through a difficult situation. But if you trigger the stress response repeatedly, then over time it can contribute to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, heartburn, and many other health related problems including worse allergies.
We spoke about useful tips to get on top of your hay fever in our previous post, however allergy management should also include strategies for stress reduction.
Stress reduction tips! 🧘♀️
You can reduce stress with exercise — the kind that gets your heart and lungs pumping — and by eliciting the relaxation response, a well-studied physiological change that can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, adrenaline levels, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
There are many ways to elicit the relaxation response, such as meditation, guided imagery, yoga, tai chi, and deep breathing exercises.
Stress reduction isn't the number one way to treat your allergies, but it may still be an important one.
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